Pop culture sponge and esteemed mystery novelist Bill Crider has a link to an interesting list of “Top 10 Worst Movie Sequels”…but what caught my eye was a pair of equally intriguing lineups at the Listverse website:
This one is called “10 Films You Haven’t Seen But Should”—though in my case, that title needs to be changed to “9 Films” because I have seen Le mari de la coiffeuse (1990; aka The Hairdresser’s Husband). (For the record, I didn’t care for it.) I have heard good things about a few of the other features tabbed in the tally, notably The Quiet Earth (1985).
“Top 10 Hitchcock Movies” is admittedly more my meat—though I would disagree with two of the films on the list: Dial M for Murder (1954) and Rebecca (1940). Sure, Rebecca is a great movie…but it’s more of a Selznick film than Hitchcock. (And Dial M for Murder? You’d put that on a Top 10 before, say, Foreign Correspondent ?) Besides, any list that ignores his British period—leaving off worthy candidates like The 39 Steps (1935) and The Lady Vanishes (1938), not to mention Sabotage (1936) and Young and Innocent (1937)—is a bit suspect.
But that’s the fun of Top Ten lists…your mileage, as always, may vary.